We are excited to announce that Rabbi Scott Segal will step in as our interim rabbi, effective in August. He will be here for an August Rabbi Weekend (dates tbd), for the Holidays, and for additional Rabbi Weekends as we continue our fundraising and search for a resident rabbi. More details on the dates to come. Rabbi Segal's letter to Har Mishpacha is below:
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, went to college at Indiana University (go Hoosiers!), and right after college spent a year in Israel on Project Otzma. Upon returning to the States I spent a couple of years working for the Israeli Consulate in San Francisco before returning to the Midwest for graduate and rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and Jerusalem. While in rabbinical school I had the great fortune to meet my wife, the incomparable Rabbi Emily Segal, and following our ordination in 2010 we got married and moved to the Chicago area (first to Evanston and then to Northbrook). While in the Chicago area I worked at various points as a youth director, pulpit rabbi, and education director at different congregations. Also during our time in Chicago my wife and I were blessed to have two amazing kids: Samantha (age 6) and Ezra (age 3) who joined our two dogs (Tootsie and Zeke) to round out our family. Last June our family moved westward as my wife became the rabbi of the Aspen Jewish Congregation. We now live in Basalt and are loving Colorado life!
Aside from my rabbi-ing and parenting I am a music nut (favorite band: Phish) and play drums and guitar. I also enjoy weightlifting, hiking (love those mountains!), reading and am a low-level beer and coffee snob. I am so excited to be a part of the Har Mishpacha community and look forward to the chance to meet everyone and to join together in prayer, song, learning, and a lot of fun.
~ Rabbi Segal